One of the directors of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Avengers: Infinity War expressed surprise to learn that seven minutes of the movie will be edited out in Indonesia.
The film is set to be rated PG-13, but of course standards vary across different countries. The nation’s Film Censorship Institute says that the cuts are needed to bring the film in line with its version of the PG-13 rating; its chairman, Ahmad Yani Basuki, has approved this cut, though he admitted to have not seen it himself.
Joe Russo, who is directing the project along with his brother Anthony, learned about this while promoting the movie in Singapore, along with actors Karen Gillan (who plays Nebula), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and producer Trinh Tran.
“I can’t imagine what seven minutes they would want to cut out of the movie. It’s the first we’re hearing of it so we’re a little taken aback,” he said. “But yes, of course as an artist you don’t want anybody censoring anything or taking anything out of the film. This is a PG-13 movie, it’s not like it’s some radical piece of content so I’m a little shocked.”
His decision not to guess what might have caused the censorship will be a little annoying to fans, who are eager to find out more about what happens in the film. This is the culmination of the entire MCU up until now, and promises to be an epic battle as all of the heroes team up against the Mad Titan Thanos, a powerful alien being trying to gather the six Infinity Stones that will make him nearly unstoppable.
The movie is packed with something like eighty characters, and it will be interesting to see how it manages to give each of them a moment in the limelight. In that respect, these seven minutes could be rather damaging for a film that needs to use every second to its max.
It is currently unknown how long the movie actually is, sans edits; it seems to be about two and a half hours, but there is a seven minute difference within various reports. Could this be confusion because of the Indonesian changes?
Whatever the case, viewers across the United States will finally get to see Avengers: Infinity War, in its entirety, on April 27.